The rewards of an organic garden to your health and eating pleasure are innumerable. But, you need to put in a lot of effort to grow your garden effectively. Knowing where to start when planning an organic garden can be a little confusing.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables require this amount of sun in order to grow properly and at a quicker pace. This arrangement will also benefit some types of flowers.
Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
Make sure that you divide your irises! Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant immediately.
In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. When you begin a garden, it’s most eco friendly to do so with seed. Seeds eliminate the waste of plastic containers from nurseries which rarely get recycled. There are some nurseries, however, that send their plants out in organic potting materials.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. If you apply the tips you have just read, you should be able to grow healthy plants.